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Charles Gonzalez

Charles Gonzalez

Assistant Professor

College of Education


  • BFA in Film & Video – Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Master of Science in Secondary Education, English – Niagara University
  • PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning – University at Buffalo
Biographical Information:

C. H. Gonzalez, PhD. is an assistant professor of Teaching and Learning at Austin Peay State University where he coordinates the Master of Arts in Teaching degree programs and is the Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives for the College of Education. His scholarship, which merges traditional qualitative techniques with antiracist practices and aesthetic-based methods, favors the collective over the individual. The learning, unlearning, and relearning that he is continually undertaking impacts the way he engages with the people in his life and influences how he uses his unearned privileges to support his students, colleagues, and friends. His presentations and publications intersect at the field of teacher education, ABAR practices, and the strength of the multicultural classroom.

Social locations and position in higher education:

I was raised in a “Hispanic” family, but I’ve since learned and unlearned that my Spanish heritage makes me white. I’m an English-speaking, cisgender man born in what is known as the United States, specifically the land of the Haudenosaunee and Tuscarora tribes. I currently live on the land of the Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee). Although I present as abled, I hold unseen conditions that impact the way I navigate through social and reserved situations. I grew up in a middle-class community with unearned privilege and advantages. The lessons and truths I’m learning and unlearning have shaped my scholarship and the stance I take as an antiracist educator and leader at the institutions at which I have worked and have shaped the aspirations and goals I hold regarding social justice work inside and outside the field of teacher education.

I have published research on multimodality, teacher education, and implementing digital video into English/Language Arts classrooms. My current work is focused on discovering ways to encourage and support teachers to be culturally relevant and uncovering ways to develop new culturally sustaining pedagogies. I am currently part of the Association of Teacher Educators’ (ATE) inaugural Inquiry Initiative, a collaborative exploration of opportunity gaps in education.

  • Alexander, K., Vermette, P. J., Gonzalez, C. H., Solarski, J. Guerriero, M., & Walls, B. (in press). A-STEM Guide to The Road that Led to Somewhere. Ontario, CA: Proverbs Heritage Organization.
  • Gonzalez, C. H., Vermette, P. J., Bardsley, M. E., & Alexander, K. (2021). Informing Instruction with Vignette Analysis: Powerful Professional Growth for Middle and High School Teachers. Routledge.
  • Alexander, K., Gonzalez, C. H., Vermette, P. J., & Di Marco, S. (2020). Questions in secondary classrooms: Toward a theory of questioning. Theory and Research in Education, 14778785211043020.
  • Asmus, B., & Gonzalez, C. H. (Eds.). (2020). Engaging the Critical in English Education. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang US. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3726/b17220
  • Bruce, D., Sullivan, S.R., Barrett, N., & Gonzalez, C. (2019). "Full of sound and fury: Rural students' use of digital literacies in exploring space, place, and identity." In D. Pyles, R.Rish, H. Pleasants, & J. Warner, (Eds.), Negotiating Place and Space Through Digital Literacies.
  • Buono, A., & Gonzalez, C. H. (2017). Bodily writing and performative inquiry: Inviting an arts-based research methodology into collaborative doctoral research vocabularies. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 18(36).
  • Gonzalez, C. H. (2017). Quivers, Parties, and Eco-Systems: Classroom as Culture in Pre-Service Teacher Education, The English Record 76(1), 1-37.